Ranjith Anand

Ranjith Anand received his Master’s in Biotechnology from Pondicherry University, India and Ph.D in Biology from Tufts University. He is currently a Research Specialist in the laboratory of James Haber ( at Brandeis University. His research focuses on investigating DNA damage repair mechanisms using cutting- edge approaches and improving gene-targeting and genome-engineering strategies in budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. He is also engaged in applying yeast biology expertise to industrial research. He is a past recipient of Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) from National Institute of Health.

Doug Bafford

Doug Bafford received his bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and his master’s degree in anthropology from Brandeis University, where he is a current Ph.D. student. His research concerns the comparative study of epistemological and cosmological dimensions of religious life, for which he has designed and conducted ethnographic projects among young Muslims on the East Coast and evangelical Christians in Kentucky. His current work examines the intersection of scientific and religious discourse within missionary communities in South Africa. In addition to anthropological research, he has taught and assisted with courses in English writing, Spanish language, and anthropology since 2010. This is his fourth year with the MKTYP, having served variously as a writing instructor and tutor. More information about his research and teaching may be found here.

Erin Erhart

Erin Erhart received her Ph.D. in English Literature from Brandeis University in 2016 and has been working with the MKTYP since 2009. Her dissertation, “England’s Dreaming: The Rise and Fall of Science Fiction, 1871-1874,” was an examination of the convergence of science, technology, and literature in the emergence of science fiction as a genre. She brings to the MKTYP her experience as a writing instructor for the Brandeis University Writing Program, a lecturer in the Brandeis English Department, and her tenure as a tutor for both the Brandeis Writing Center and the MKTYP. A veteran instructor for the MKTYP writing program, her current course is titled, “Where No Man Has Gone Before: Empire, Colonization, and Science Fiction.”

Tim Hickey

Tim Hickey received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Brandeis and an M.A. and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Chicago.  He is a professor of Computer Science and his  current research interests include computer supported learning, 3d game design, and brain/computer interface design. He teaches a wide variety of Brandeis courses including 3-D Animation as wellas Computer Graphics,  Web Application Development, and Mobile Game Design. He has been teaching at Brandeis since 1984.  Professor Hickey has been an instructor for the TYP since 1992. He was awarded the  Jeanette Lerman-Neubauer ’69 and Joseph Neubauer Prize for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring in 2012.

Sarah Lupis

Sarah completed her B.A. at Boston University, and graduate studies with Laboratory for Biological Health Psychology at Brandeis University. Her research focuses on the intersectionality of emotion and stress. More specifically, as a certified facial coder, Sarah examines how people react emotionally to psychosocial stress, and how this correlates to sympathetic nervous system and neuroendocrine stress responses. Her research interests also include predictors and moderators of these underlying mechanisms, including the effects of age, culture, gender, and body image.

Sarah’s teaching experience spans diverse student bodies at the undergraduate and graduate level, including faculty positions with Brandeis University, Mass General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, and Middlesex Community College. Previous and current teaching topics include health psychology, the psychology of student learning, abnormal psychology, research methodology, and introduction to psychology. In her spare time, Sarah has tutored high-school students in standardized test preparation for more than ten years.

Joseph Martin

Joseph Martin received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Dickinson College and an M.A. in mathematics from Brandeis University.  He worked in the computer industry in the fields of 3D computer-aided design and drafting, software development tools, operating system kernels, and graphics processor computing.  His current research interest is in stream computing techniques for number theory.  Mr. Martin taught TYP mathematics from 2002 to 2005 and MKTYP quantitative reasoning from 2011 to present.